Baja Sharkeez, Leader of DUI Arrests, Gets Entertainment Curfew From Huntington Beach Police

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Because a whopping 72 of its patrons were arrested for drunk-driving in a 22-month period, Baja Sharkeez in Huntington Beach will soon have to stop its entertainment at 11 p.m. nightly.

Meaning no deejay-ing or live performances after that. Though alcohol can still be served until 1:30 a.m., when the restaurant closes.

[Insert sound of head-scratching here.]

Huntington Beach Police Chief Ken Small sent a letter to Sharkeez owner Greg Newman saying the new hours will go into effect March 1, when the restaurant renews its entertainment permit.

This curfew of sorts comes after the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control opened an investigation on the restaurant last month.

Newman, who previously said Sharkeez was being unfairly targeted due to its popularity,  seems to be cooperating with police, though he's asking Small if the restaurant can get a 90-day trial with the new entertainment hours. According to the Huntington Beach Independent, Newman has met with Small to share some ideas on how to help curb alcohol consumption and the problems because of it. The restaurant will stop serving large cups or pitchers of alcohol at midnight, and is in the process of partnering with a cab company to offer vouchers for tipsy customers. He's also researching whether the restaurant can use a breathalyzer to measure customers' blood alcohol level before they get their last drink at 1:15 a.m., the Independent reports.

Huntington Beach takes the No. 1 spot in 2009 California DUI collisions among cities of its size. The city has been scrambling to find ways to address the issue, recently voting down the idea of posting mugshots of repeat DUI offenders on its Facebook page.  

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Eliza
Eliza

The Huntington Beach Police are working hand in Hand with the illegal Homeland Security and are conditioning the public with mass DUI handouts and police brutality which never stands in court due to judges ruling with the state 90% of the time. Marshall Law is coming soon. The FEMA camps are installed in places like the old Seal Beach Naval Center. The Cops are roided out Iraqi Veterans with PTSD.. Beware and stay off the streets from these Thugs! www.Infowars.com

briansays
briansays

back in my misspent days of my youth aka my 30s and 40s i use to frequent hurricanesbest way to avoid the crazyness of main streetpark in the garage and enter 'canes from the second floor door off the garagestay there or walk thru go down the stairs and exit on foot onto first streetwhen you arrive and leave do not drive on main streetuse the street one block to the south

my goodness
my goodness

I live in HB and im not 21 so i dont know much about this place but, my roomate has told me her opinion on this place. She says that this place is gross and they hardly check IDs, when i heard this i thought wow i can get in. But i think ill wait and see

i do believe that something has to be done with this place, it is a big party area and alot of dbags come and hang out here but,... does that mean all the bars in downtown hb will close down sooner or later? because if sharkeez were to close early then where will all the brohos go?

Realitycheck77
Realitycheck77

SOMETHING needs to be done about this place, it's disgusting what goes on there. Not only do they over serve (bartenders hardly look at who they're serving and hand out numerous shots to a single person assuming they'll be handed to friends... or not), but they also knowingly allow underage drinkers (usually friends of friends) into the bar, have a high rate of girls getting roofied there, allow patrons to do all sorts of drugs in the bathrooms (employees are not clean themselves), and quite frequently take girls to the upstairs office to partake in sexual activities. If you work downtown, you know this.

MMoney
MMoney

so let me get this straight. in order to stop irresponsible consumers from car collisions, the city will still allow you to sell alcohol with no restrictions til 2am, but take away your entertainment license?

So with that logic we should pull everyone's entertainment license in HB and that would curb all DUI's. Why just one spot? Is it because they got a handful of locations and are branded well? If a cop stops me in HB then i would say I came from Sharkeez too since the other bars have long, boring and corny names... BEACHFRONT 301 for a name? c'mon.

I honestly feel its the police's fault. I've seen fist fights and "drunk in publics" on the streets right after closing time... The cops look the other way and don't make an arrests.

If they really wanted to minimize on the traffic stops, collisions and the "bad image" the city should have a checkpoint on both sides of main street and bring a several hot dog and taco vendors on the strip to help people sober up.

Realitycheck77
Realitycheck77

This is too funny. If anyone talks to any of the cops on Main St (while sober) you will find they're super nice family men. People love to villainize cops! The only reason you would fear a cop is because you know you're doing or have done something wrong...

Sourfilm
Sourfilm

No your talking about the upstairs bathroom At the Hermosa beach sharkeez. Seen it first hand while having to use the men's bathroom real quick. Its hard not to notice the moaning in the large stall, and the two gentlemen saying shhh shhh, ya just like that shhh shhh. I told the bouncer, " I didn't know you guys allow chicks in the bathroom for a bj". He smiled and said oh really... and walked away. So yup this is almost every bar/club that has space to do so. Nose candy and roofies Haha really most of this comes from the bouncers and bartenders who lets friends friends in and well its the perk of working in this buisness I guess.

Big nuts
Big nuts

sounds like you are describing every bar in the world.

Main st is lame
Main st is lame

Stay away from Beachfront if you dont like the name lol.. Its one of the only places not crawling with D bags like Sharkeez and Hurricanes

DA Kaka Ruckus
DA Kaka Ruckus

Well in general the statement is true. It seems to be a human tendency to over generalize. Oops, I am generalizing there. No wait a second, by generalizing I am supporting my own contention about generalizing. Wait, what side am I on......

DA Kaka Ruckus
DA Kaka Ruckus

People love to villainize cops! is a generalization.

DA Kaka Ruckus
DA Kaka Ruckus

Do the names Carmona or McKinney ring a bell? Turns out they had plenty of reason to fear the police and not because they had done anything wrong. Your pat response is at best laughably naive.

Realitycheck77
Realitycheck77

I've worked at many other bars on the same street and no, they're not all the same. Sharkeez takes the cake!

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

People world wide have a tendency to fear police. Not because they have done anything wrong but because some, (not all) Cops are corrupt, and others are trivial, the ol stop & search fishing expedition for a cracked tail lens, or detain someone because they do not "look right". Once I was driving a new Mitsubishi Diamante (Rental Car) with Fla plates in El Modena North of Chapman 100' West of Hewes A city of Orange Cop stopped me, (this was in unincorporated OC area) just to ask me what I was doing in that neighborhood, I replied that I was visiting friends, is that illegal?

There is an old saying, "How do you know a cop is lying? Because his lips are moving" Such an aphorism comes from experiences rather than out of the blue. Perhaps it has something to do with the "Blue Curtain" the unwritten code that officers can only trust other officers, they consider themselves a "family" forbidden to mix with outsiders. I read an interesting article from Time Magazine (Sep 22 1967) titled "Police: Behind the Blue Curtain" http://www.time.com/time/magaz... it opened with:

There will be no respect for the law until there is a respect for the rights of others. In the meantime, the police will be at the eye of the storm: a subject of intense controversy, not because they are responsible for the conditions with which they deal but because, like the mountain, they are there.

For all too long Police have been identified with being "The Law" Law Enforcement is NOT the Law.

In the past 50 some odd years I have lived in several states in the US as well as in Europe and Asia one thing I have seen is Cops have a tough job, some are the Jocks and Bullies we remember from schooldays but most are honest hardworking men and women trying to do the best they can to get by one more day.

Realitycheck77
Realitycheck77

Well let me rephrase my "naive" response: "The only reason to fear a cop [who works on Main St in Huntington Beach, Ca] is because you know you're doing or have done something wrong". I am talking about the article (having to do with a very specific area of Huntington Beach), not trying to generalize.

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